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10-09-2013, 09:18 PM
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Rangers season at crossroads--already

Three games. A minute sample size. A counter-productive training camp schedule. An unorthodox schedule to open the season. A pair of key players not yet in game shape.
We get it.
And yet, the 9-2 humiliation in San Jose on Wednesday that represented one of the worst beatdowns in recent franchise history means the clock is ticking on this team and this season.
The Rangers waved the white flag before the second period was 10 minutes old. They were spectators to their own grisly demise, passengers on a sinking ship and surely a disgrace to the sweater.
Again, we know. It was one game. But no Rangers team has been so casual, so careless, so utterly miserable, since that 10-2 loss in Dallas on Jan. 6, 2009 that was the beginning of the end for Tom Renney, fired 17 days later.
“The closest thing to this that I’ve been a part of was Dallas, and I think this was much worse,” Marc Staal said following Tuesday’s debacle. “We were so far behind all night long, it wasn’t even close.”
Would-be defenders were gliding all over the ice. The Rangers picked and chose their battles, and almost always opted not to engage.
You know what it was like? It was like the 9-1 loss in Ottawa on Feb. 24, 2004 — that’s right, 2004 — in Jaromir Jagr’s first game as a Ranger, after which Bobby Holik said, “I think, fundamentally, we are the worst team in the National Hockey League.”
That’s what it was like.

The elephant in the room, of course, is actually in Vancouver. The Rangers fired John Tortorella because the players and organization believed his style on the ice had become too restrictive and his style off the ice too domineering.
Well, after a lousy training camp, a lousy opening game in Phoenix and this monstrosity in San Jose, the burden of proof is on the Rangers to prove they can respond to Vigneault’s alternate approach.

Personally, think it's a little too quick from Larry but I don't disagree with the underlying premise and alot of the points he makes. He takes a bunch of players to task. Takes the front office to task for not getting Lundqvist deal done.

Mods, feel free to merge this with another thread but thought would be interesting to discuss the merits of Brooks' argument.

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